ARL is all about FUN.

The Adult Rowing League (ARL) crews meet once a week on weekday evenings in June and July.

Register as a team, with friends, or on your own to practice on Tuesday OR Wednesday OR Thursday nights. Based on your preference, we’ll assign you to a crew, a boat and coaches. Four weekly practices are held starting in June (Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays at 6:00pm). After all that hard work on the water, everyone heads out to get to know their crew and some of the other teams.

In July, all crews meet on Thursday evenings (6:00pm) for races – some 200 rowers! Races are 800m in length, running in front of the boathouse from Parliament Hill to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge. An announcer calls the races, the BBQ is on and the bar is open.

Previous experience required:

 Suitable for ‘never rowed’, novice or experienced rower as registrants are placed with compatible crews.

Ages: 18+ years

2017 Adult Rowing League Program Dates

  • ARL Introduction and Q&A Night – Thursday, May 18 – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday ARL Orientation Night – Tuesday, May 23 – 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday ARL Orientation Night – Wednesday, May 24 – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday ARL Orientation Night – Thursday, May 25 – 6:00 pm
  • You will watch a safety video, go over boat handling and launch procedures during the orientation night.  Come dressed in athletic attire.

  • Practice Nights 2017
    • Tuesday ARL – May 30,  June 6, 13, 20
    • Wednesday ARL – May 31, June 7, 14, 21
    • Thursday ARL – June 1, 8, 15, 22
  •  The evenings of June 27, 28 and 29 are contingency practice nights should an earlier practice date be cancelled due to weather.

  • Race Nights 2017
  • July 6, 13, 20, 27

  • Adult Rowing League

    $27100
  • All program fees include HST, credit card processing fees, Rowing Canada and RowOntario association fees.  Program fees do not include expenses associated with regatta participation, such as entry fees, travel and trailering fees.  Regatta expenses are in addition to the program fee.

    Row with an Olympian!

    July 4 - share in the Olympic spirit and learn from the best!
    For a small fee, your can claim your seat in a crew with veteran rowers who have competed for Canada at the Olympic Games!
  • Things to Consider

    Come prepared to exercise. Loose fitting clothing can be a problem in the boats; wear snug shorts or tights.
  • You won’t be rowing all of the time. Bring a layer to keep you warm on the water.
  • Wearing rings is uncomfortable. We have lockers (no locks), but it’s best to leave your jewelry at home.
  • Rowing is thirsty work – don’t forget to bring water.
  • If you ride or drive there are spots to lock up your bike and park your car at the Club.
  • If you are interested in registering a group of 12 please contact arl@ottawarowingclub.com for discount information.
  • If you are interested in a corporate rate, please contact arl@ottawarowingclub.com.
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  • Weather

    Rowing is only fun when it’s safe. If the weather is too rough, we may have to reschedule a session to one of our rain dates or make alternate arrangements.
  • Don’t guess!  Come down to the club as scheduled. If the water is good and you don’t come, you’ll miss your practice.